Soon, there will be a new look on the Seymour square.
A painted look.
On the pavement.
Members of the Seymour Board of Aldermen voted 3-0 last Thursday evening to approve a bid for $2,890 from Coltrane Asphalt LLC of Marshfield to stripe square arrows, center dashes, stop blocks and crosswalks on the city square with traffic paint, creating a safer environment for motorists in Seymour’s downtown.
North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley was absent, as aldermen Nadine Crisp (South Ward), William Pogue (North Ward) and Dan Wehmer (South Ward) voted in favor or the project.
In its entirety, the bid includes 24 square arrows, 54 center dashes, three stop blocks and 10 crosswalks, all to be painted with traffic paint.
All painting will be done on the north, south and west sides of the square.
No painting can be done on the square’s east side, which is Highway K, a state highway.
The arrows will provide directional indicators for cars and trucks entering, exiting or traveling around the city’s square.
The center dashes will separate traffic into two lanes on the one-way square.
City Administrator Hillary Gintz submitted Coltrane’s bid after being requested to do so by the aldermen.
Seymour Police Chief Steven Pogue said that some type of safety measures on the square were needed after one-way signs were removed at the square’s northwest corner upon request of the aldermen.
“I’ve seen more than 10 vehicles travel the wrong way on the square within the first week of those signs being taken out,” Pogue said.
Wehmer said at Thursday’s meeting that several residents had contacted him over the past week, concerned about the traffic at the square’s northwest corner where the one-way signs were removed.
“I’m a ‘yes’ vote on the striping,” he said.
“A year ago, I pushed for arrows on the square. I think it’s the smart thing to do. This model is used in high-traffic city squares all across the state and other states.”
Crisp and Pogue both said they felt Coltrane’s bid for the project was reasonable.
“We need to do something,” Pogue said.
“Let’s have Coltrane do this and see what happens.”
The painting project will be completed this month.